We all want to try and keep costs down when it comes to cars. Who hasn’t prayed to the driving gods that, when the fuel light comes on, they can crawl their car to the nearest supermarket to get the cheapest possible price on petrol?
One of the biggest annual expenses on your car is your insurance. Whether you spread the cost across the months or pay it off in one big lump sum, car insurance can be one of the biggest outlays you have each year. So what can you do to counter that and reduce your costs? By choosing a car in insurance group 10.
Every car on the market is assigned to a car insurance group. There are 1-50 in total, with 1 being the cheapest, 50 being the most expensive. Insurance group 10 are at the bottom end of the scale, so the car insurance prices are some of the lowest on the market.
The insurance group is calculated on a number of factors: the costs to repair damage and find replacement parts, how complex and long repairs generally take, the value of new cars of the same make and model, car performance (faster and sportier cars generally have a higher group), and the car’s safety features.
The Ford Focus has been one of the most popular cars in the UK over the last decade or so. That popularity is a big factor in why it is one of the cheapest cars to insure on the road today. An excellent all-rounder, the Ford Focus Active has everything you need in a car. Smart handling, easy to drive. Lots of space for a family if you desire. Safety features that will leave you confident you can protect your family. The recent Active model is the crossover version of the regular Focus, taking all that makes an SUV ideal for families, and tailoring it to the Ford Focus formula. A fantastic update to the standard Focus that won’t costs you a fortune to insure.
For a compact hatchback that’s perfect for city driving and small families, the Hyundai i20 is one of the smartest on the market. While it may not look all too fancy and the driving won’t set your pulse racing, the economics behind the drive will have you taking a second look.
The i20 has been around since the 2010s, with its latest version getting a host of safety and performance updates. Add to that the 7-inch touchscreen display, and you have everything you need for an economical and practical car.
A car that used to be hugely popular in the nineties, the Renault Clio has been overtaken by the Focus, Fiesta and Corsa in the UK market. But it’s still a great car, and definitely one of the best looking hatchbacks on the market. Its sleek gallic curves wrap around an interior that’s just as beautiful.
There’s plenty of space in the boot, for buggies or shopping bags, and the equipment you get as standard is a lot more generous than you get in most. Touch screen entertainment and DAB radio is not to be sneered at. And, if you want an even cheaper insurance price, go for the hybrid model.
A trip to Spain for the next car on the list. While many of us have had to cancel their trip to Ibiza this year, you can get as close as possible with the SEAT Ibiza Hatchback.
Like the Renault Clio, it has a very striking look, making it one of the better-looking hatchbacks on the market. Despite it being a hatchback, it’s one of the most comfortable to drive thanks to a soft suspension and well-designed interior. If you are using it for your family, then the spacious rear seats will be especially welcome. There’s plenty of room in the cabin for drivers of all sizes, so one to try on for size, especially if you’re a taller driver.
Like many of the cars on the list, it comes with a smart infotainment screen that you can connect to your phone, meaning you don’t need to upgrade to a fancy sat nav when you can just use your smartphone’s built in one.
Not the best looking car on the market, for practicality and driveability, then the Skoda Yeti is an excellent choice. Like its namesake, its big and bulky, but there’s not much that’s fearsome about this vehicle.
It’s not the prettiest crossover SUV. What it does have going for it is the quality of its build, the roomy interior, and the excellent safety rating. For size to value ratio, you can’t do much better.
Just behind the Ford Fiesta and Focus in the popularity rankings, the Corsa is one of the best hatchbacks on the market. So many people have this vehicle as their first car, and it’s easy to fall in love with how good an all-round vehicle you’ll find. The most recent generations have focused on creating a range of engines that are efficient and economical. But the car is still fun to drive.
It’s not the biggest in the back, so better for new or young families. Add to that the excellent safety rating and a range of smart features as standard, and the Corsa is a great option for new drivers, or those who want an unfussy, fun drive.
The Volkswagen Golf hatchback has been the car of choice for those who want a bit more sport and performance from their vehicle almost since its exception. The most recent iteration is no different, with even then most basic model having a feel of performance that you don’t get in other hatchbacks.
Its looks have changed a lot since those early versions, so you’ll either love it, or you’ll be happy to settle in exchange for the performance it provides. If you want efficiency over power, then there’s a whole range of efficient options to choose from. It’s the family car for the driver who wants a bit of excitement in their drive.
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